This morning as I walked my daughter to school we got caught in a sudden downpour of rain. There were a few clouds in the sky but nothing menacing enough to indicate rain (we rarely get rain here). It was a gentle but steady downpour and we just decided to walk quickly. A lady approached from the other direction having just dropped her son off at school, she saw my daughter with her sweater with no hood and my toddler in the stroller semi-covered and decided to turn back and walk with us covering the girls with her umbrella. Not a moment later did we come upon an older lady walking her dog that also got caught off guard in the rain. She immediately took off her sweater and covered my toddler’s legs that were getting wet from where the stroller cover didn’t reach her. I asked where I could return her sweater to on my way back. She told me there was no rush and to leave it with the seamstress just up the road.
On the way back home, we had to seek shelter in a local business for a few minutes until the heavy rain slowed back to a light sprinkle. The lady with the umbrella walked us home and as it turns out she lives in the building directly across the street from us. We had a really nice talk, it was nice to talk to someone that I otherwise might not have met. She gave me a big hug and ran off to get out of the rain that was picking back up.
I was so touched and thankful that these two women I’d never met lent me a helping hand. The lady with the umbrella could’ve easily walked passed me opting out of the half-mile trek back to the school she’d just left. The older lady could’ve decided to hurry back home as quickly as possible. Each made the choice to do something small but selfless. I love the old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” and today the village came to my aid in an unexpected way. In a time that seems more socially disconnected than ever, it was a warm reminder that people care. I encourage you not to hesitate to lend a helping hand in your village. ❤
What’s the last thing your village did for you or your family? When’s the last time you helped someone in your village? When’s the last time you noticed someone could have used a helping hand? Do you act on opportunities to help your village? How connected do you feel with your village? What can you do to change, improve, or maintain that? Feel free to share in the comments!